Semi-juniors start the New Year with success

Selkirk Youth Club v Hawick PSA: Scott Francis sneaks in at the corner for Youth Club.

Selkirk Youth Club v Hawick PSA: Scott Francis sneaks in at the corner for Youth Club.

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A bright and breezy start to the New Year saw Selkirk Youth Club run in an 11-try victory against a threadbare Hawick PSA.

Considering the amount of rain during the week, the Victoria Park pitch was in relatively good condition and the game was closely contested at the start with the Hawick forwards trying to dominate the scrums.

Youth Club, on the other hand, were keen to run the ball through the backs wherever possible. After 10 minutes they took the lead following pressure near the Hawick try line, resulting in Scott Francis pouncing on a PSA mistake to touch down.

Hawick tried hard to make some headway in the Youth Club half, but found determined resistance in the home forwards with Andrew Toole in impressive form.

After 17 minutes good passing from Darren Knox, Bruce McKerracher and Sam McKay set up Lewis Martin to dive over in the corner, Knox kicking the conversion from near the touchline to increase the Souters’ advantage.

PSA then worked their way well into the Youth Club half, but just could not find a way through. Finlay Amos then managed to rob the ball and Knox chipped over the advancing Hawick backs to collect the ball and touch down.

With half-time approaching and some Hawick players becoming indisciplined, Francis was alert to sneak through and score in the corner, Knox again kicking over to make the interval score 24-0.

The Youth Club coaches made changes at half-time with Harry Borthwick making his debut and impressing.

It took some time before the Youth Club increased their lead against a stubborn Hawick but, after some good phases of play, strong running from Martin resulted in a score between the posts followed closely by another by McKay after some good forward play. Knox converted both.

As the closing quarter approached, Hawick began to visibly struggle as the confidence in the home side grew and the floodgates opened.

A strong run from McKerracher well into the Hawick half resulted in Hamish Robertson being on hand to score.

Then Jack Elliot finished off a good passing move, Francis notched his third of the day, Alan Rutter finished off well and, just before full time, an Ally Howieson surge resulted in Robertson touching down. Knox booted over four more conversions.

Selkirk Youth Club are grateful to sponsors Robin Scott of T & R Keddie and Malcolm Davidson of Davidson Land Services.

This weekend the Youth Club travel to play unbeaten league leaders Jed Thistle.

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